Ultrasound-Patient Preparation and Instructions

Please bring your insurance information on the day of the exam. You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may take any prescriptions medications as usual unless otherwise instructed.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Nothing to eat 4 hours prior to exam

Pelvic Ultrasound

You should drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to the examination. The bladder must be full to perform the examination. Do NOT urinate prior to the exam

For all other ultrasound exams

Please call 577-4444 for further instructions.

Ultrasound-Exam Description and Information

Ultrasound imaging uses high frequency sound waves to make pictures of the inside of the body. Reflected sound wave echoes are recorded, reconstructed by a computer, and displayed as images on a computer screen. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, fetal development, and blood flow. There is no harmful radiation.

Diagnostic (Abdomen, Pelvis, Thyroid, Retroperitoneal)

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and ovaries. Because ultrasound provides real-time images, it can also be used to guide procedures such as needle biopsies, in which needles are used to sample cells from organs for laboratory testing


Some indications for obstetrical ultrasound may be:

  • Establish presence of a living embryo/fetus
  • Estimate the age of the pregnancy
  • Evaluate the position of the fetus
  • Evaluate the position of the placenta
  • Determine if there are multiple pregnancies
  • Diagnose congenital anomalies


Ultrasound imaging of the body's veins and arteries can help the radiologist see and evaluate blockages to blood flow, such as clots in veins and plaque in arteries. Ultrasound of the vascular system also provides a fast, noninvasive means of identifying blockages of blood flow in the neck arteries to the brain that might produce a stroke or mini-stroke.